If I were a singer I would have sung Mukesh songs

When I was very young, one day Didima called me and Neru Dada, and gave us some money to buy a record player. We couldn’t imagine such a thing could happen. We used to have one HMV dealer at Kanpur. His shop was located at Mall Road. There was only one model was available. It did not take us much time to buy the record player. We paid the amount. Some money still remained. We thought of buying a few records. We had 2 LP’s; Shyama and Shapmochan. We never heard them before. Rabindranath’s photo on the cover made us to buy the record. Perhps we wanted to impress Didima. Still some money remained. We bought one 78 rpm, a Mukesh bhajan. On the one side was Pitu matu sahayak swami sakha and on the other Sur ki gati main kya janoo. We came home. People at home were astonished looking at our choices. I still don’t know why we chose those records. But I can’t tell you how many times I heard those songs. It was our favourite past time. I always wanted to sing like Mukesh. Perhaps I thought that I sang Mukesh songs the best. Some of my favourite Mukesh songs

Aansoo bhari hai yeh jivan ki rahein, Parwarish

Bhoole se mohabbat kar baitha, Dil hi to hai

Bhuli hui yaado, Sanjog

Chal ri sajni ab kya soche, Bambai ka babu

Hum chal rahe the, Duniya na mane

Hum tujhse mohabbat karke sam rote bhi rahe hanste bhi rahe, Awaara

Jaoon kahan bataye dil, Choti behen

Jhoomti chali hawa, Sangeet samrat Tansen

Mere tute huye dil se, Chalia

Mujhe tumse kuch bhi na chahiye, Kanhaiya

Sajanwa bairi hog aye hamaar, Teesri kasam

Yeh mera deewanapan hai, Yahudi

Suhana safar aur ye mausam haseen, Madhumati

Wo subah kabhi to aayegi, Phir subah hogi

Jiyenge magar muskura na sakennge, non-film